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"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." by William E. Henley

Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

He held her like a seashell and listened to her heart

mermaids tail

One glorious ceramic barnacle created from scratch by yours truly.
Robins egg blue with little craters in pale pink.
A dangling scrumptious filigree seaweed kelp hangs 
below the barnacle.

She will be added to the shop on Friday.
But she won't be alone.

you never know what else will wash up ashore...

Could be another small mermaids tail...

 and maybe some small ceramics starfish studs
for your lovely lobes...

and there could be more :)

I guess you better come back tomorrow
if you're curious!
love ~tess

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I almost finished two necklaces with my 
little sea creatures yesterday!
and some soul window earrings...

Photos? oh yes of course. I forgot in my excitement!

Better secure those socks for the preview pics tomorrow!


love ~tess

Friday, September 23, 2011

nova is back

I've decided to open novadesigns again!
I've missed my pinwheels...
It will be a slow start with limited inventory.
I will just have to see how I can juggle everything :)
But I am excited!

love ~tess

Thursday, September 22, 2011

makers fair

We went to the Makers Fair in NY last weekend.
It was a lot of fun.
LOTS to look at.

I was especially intrigued by the 3D printers. 
made my brain go into overdrive 

It's crazy how far technology has come.
 We also watched ArcAttack perform.
Pretty incredible. 
Read more about them here 

I also realized that super crowded places makes me
a little uncomfortable and that paella from a tent doesn't 
taste like paella from a small family owned restaurant 
by the ocean in a small spanish village named Rosa...

love ~tess

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

the second wave

look what I found in the kiln this morning!

experimental pieces... need some tweaking but kind of fun




my favorites out of this batch

and some ocean bling for your lobes

a coral reef necklace in progress 
It's got barnacles, coral texture and sea anemones!

A little barnacle, sea anemone urchin thingie.
Did I tell you I love clay?

but don't worry!
There IS still some metal in the works :)

love ~tess

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

my first batch of sea creatures




Some of colors didn't come out quite how I envisioned but
I still love every single one of my little creatures.

The little dove gray spiky barnacles are my favorites.

Which one is your?

love ~tess

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the beauty of being self taught

I started glazing my little creatures. 

Pale ivory with little specks 
like a tiny bird's eggshell.

Aqua and blue from the deepest of oceans.

Pink and dark rose from the inside of an 
empty seashell drifted ashore.

Gray like the smooth, round beach pebbles slowly 
shaped in the waves of the ocean.

I painted on my colors with tiny brushes.
Some layered on top of each other while 
others were left alone.

I am free to explore this in my own way. 
At my own terms.
Not held back by convention 
or thoughts of what doesn't 
work or what you cannot do.

The beauty of teaching oneself a new craft


urchins, corals and barnacles



ocean pod

an army of sea creatures

Right now they are in the kiln


Thousands degrees to transform the
pastels to something else.
To what, I do not know yet.
I have to wait patiently until tonight.

love ~tess

Sunday, September 11, 2011


sketching my medusa costume

Friday, September 9, 2011

halloween is approaching


I am dressing up this year.

In fact we are throwing a predrink party before 
we go out to mingle with other the ghosts & goblins.

I found the perfect fabric for my dress. 
It's SO ugly. It's perfect.

No I am not a seamstress. But I do ok most of the time.
Except last night when all I managed to accomplish was a 
whole in my new tank top. :(

I am going as medusa.
Snakes in my hair and all. I think it will be magical.
If I can pull it all together. ;)

What are you doing for Halloween?

love ~tess

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

out of the heat

twelve hours they kept me waiting

but they all showed up for the party!

After baking them in my kiln for what seemed like an eternity,
this morning I could finally open the little door and take a look.
Fully prepared to face a war zone of exploded pieces...
I was stoked to discover that they all survived.

And they are divine.
(like any proud mother would say)

The pale gray has turned into a beautiful rock hard ceramic white.
A clear canvas for me to paint with luscious glazes.

and while David fell asleep in front of design star
I made 4000 little starfish inspired studs.
Well maybe not 4000 but I made A LOT.

 :) formerly known as :o)

I was told by my younger (and obviously much cooler) little brother than NOBODY writes :o) anymore... 
Ha ha made me feel like a dinosaur


People we now have a soldering station.


love ~tess

"Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window — or break down a door."